LAUNCH, SHIPBUILDING, TRADE. -- The schooner LEANDER, 130 tons burthen, was launched at the Peninsula on the 4th. WE believe but few sail craft are being built upon the lakes this season, and the number of new ones has been growing less each year, since the larger and better class of passenger and freight steamboats have come into vogue. The carrying trade in brigs and schooners is fast falling off, and were it not for the produce business of this port, much of the lake shipping would have remained dismantled at the wharves this season. Steamboats take all the passengers, and a very large share of the freight, particularly merchandise, furniture, and emigrant's "plunder." The lumber trade from Canada -- the produce trade with Buffalo and Oswego, with return freights of salt -- cargoes of staves east from the several lake ports -- with an occasional freight to the Upper Lake fisheries, and a return load of fish -- constitute the principle items of schooner business. Before the introduction of steam freight and passenger boats, the schooners made profitable returns to their owners, and were rapidly increasing in numbers. Now, a metamorphose of some of the larger class into steamboats is talked of. This change of business is one of the triumphs of steam, so characteristic of this go-ahead age.
Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
Tuesday, July 10, 1838
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The great number of steamboats on lake Erie, and the speed and certainty with which goods can be delivered by them at any port, has proved this season very injurious to the numerous sail vessels. Those that are employed are mostly engaged in transporting heavy articles of produce and merchandise, such as flour, pork, wheat, salt, &c. We notice, however, that notwithstanding the depression of their business, new schooners continue to be built. The LEANDER, a beautiful one of 130 tons, was launched on the 4th at Marblehead, a little village about 6 miles from Sandusky which as commenced about 6 months since by Mr. Ogden Mallory, sole proprietor. The village now numbers 200 inhabitants, and from the enterprise they display seem determined to emulate the character of their namesake in the old "Bay State."
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Thursday, July 12, 1838